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Where to Start With End-of-Life Planning

End-of-life planning may not be the most enjoyable task, but it's necessary if you want your doctors and loved ones to know your final wishes. Where do you even start? You'll need a will, of course, but there are several other documents you may want to draw up, such as a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order and a durable power of attorney for healthcare and property.

End-of-Life Planning

In a world where we are so busy planning everything else, the last thing many of us want to think about is end-of-life plans. However, if you have been diagnosed with a terminal disease, you may be faced with some important decisions. Even if you don't have a potentially life-threatening medical condition, you may want to start making some of these plans ahead of time to give yourself peace of mind.
 
There are so many things to consider, so where do you start with end-of-life planning? This article is designed just for you! We will provide step-by-step ways to plan for end-of-life health, legal, and financial matters. Having a good understanding of these issues now will help relieve stress and confusion when the time comes to make these important decisions.
 

Starting the Discussion

The first step is to start talking about it. If you need to talk to a loved one about end-of-life planning, a good place to start is by preparing to have the conversation. If you are the one making your own plans, sit down with your loved ones or those closest to you and start talking to them about your wishes.
 
A conversation opens up the communication with those who are closest to you. It will help ensure that the plans you make will be understood by these important people in your life. Having this shared understanding with those you trust will help ensure your plans and wishes will be carried out. Planning in advance can also help to save you and your loved ones time, money, and energy.
 
Before having this conversation, however, try to think about what you want to discuss. You can jot down a few things that you don't want to forget to talk about. Keep in mind that your loved ones may disagree on some of your desires, so being prepared for this ahead of time can help you prepare for how you want to respond if they disagree on something.
 
So what do you need to talk about? This can vary for each person. In general, you may want to try to focus on health, legal, and financial issues. This isn't everything, by any means, but it's a good starting place. So let's take a look at some of these topics and how to make plans in each of these areas.
 
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